Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa


Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 October 2017

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Protest at Berlin’s Tegel airport over Air Berlin bankruptcy and job threat

Workers at Tegel Airport in Berlin staged a midday protest on Monday over the insolvency of Air Berlin, Germany’s second-biggest airline. The company filed for bankruptcy in August, having lost €2 billion over six years in the face of competition from low cost carriers.

The protest was called by the Verdi union.

The majority of the airline’s 8,000 employees will be laid off after the airline stops operating on October 28.

By contrast, Air Berlin’s chief executive Thomas Winkelmann will continue to draw a €4.5 million euros salary until 2021. When taking over the firm in February, he agreed to a salary of €950,000 per year plus a bonus of €400,000 for the first year. He also negotiated a bank guarantee to insure his earnings in the event of the company winding up.

Brewery workers strike in Belgium

Workers went out on strike to demand better pay at three Belgian breweries owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, including their main site in Leuven, on October 13.

According to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, workers are also demanding a new collective bargaining deal.

The workers picketed at breweries, in Leuven, Hoegaarden and Jupille, and blocked gates for two hours. The Leuven plant is adjacent to AB InBev’s global headquarters, and brews its popular Stella Artois and Leffe beers.

Following the strike, further action was suspended by trade union representatives to allow for negotiations.

Capita office staff to strike in UK

Office staff at Capita in the UK voted by 95 percent to strike against changes to their pension…

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